Ten Things to Do in NYC Now


Isamu Noguchi’s “Noodle” (1943-1944), center, part of the “Self-Interned” exhibition at the Noguchi Museum. CreditMichael Nagle for The New York Times


Conceived in Confinement

‘Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center’ at the Noguchi Museum

The detainment of more than 100,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II was aimed at citizens on the West Coast. New Yorkers were exempt, but the sculptor Isamu Noguchi, then 37, went anyway. This exhibition, through Jan. 7, features documents and works made from driftwood dating from the seven months Noguchi spent in a camp near the Arizona-California border, where he tried, and failed, to improve living conditions for his fellow Japanese-Americans. JASON FARAGO

See mini-reviews of current exhibitions.

Madison Wolfe in “I Kill Giants,” part of My First Film Fest 2. CreditXYZ Films


From Light Animation to Adolescent Angst

My First Film Fest 2 at the Walter Reade Theater

Don’t be fooled by the title. While the second annual edition of this cinematic weekend from the Film Society of Lincoln Center offers plenty of fare for 6-year-olds, its Friday-through-Sunday screenings include four features, like the 1997 Hayao Miyazaki classic, “Princess Mononoke,” geared strictly to teenagers. Anders Walter’s “I Kill Giants,” based on a comic-book series by Joe Kelly, explores the turbulent inner life of a bullied adolescent girl; Bruce McDonald’s “Weirdos,” set in 1976, follows the odyssey of a hitchhiking, Warhol-besotted 15-year-old and his girlfriend; and “Polina,” by Valérie Müller and Angelin Preljocaj, focuses on a driven Russian dancer. Younger viewers can gain new perspectives from the documentary “Miss Kiet’s Children,” by Peter Lataster and Petra Lataster-Czisch, which goes inside a Dutch elementary school classroom filled with Middle Eastern immigrants. And one unusual opportunity involves a not-yet-finished film: Carlos Saldanha will show footage from his comedy “Ferdinand” and then lead audience members in an animation workshop.


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Eric Berryman, standing, and, in the video monitor, Jasper McGruder and Philip Moore, in “The B Side.” CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times


Soulful Sounds From the Big House

‘The B-Side’ at the Performing Garage

Eric Berryman, who conceived this record album interpretation (closing Nov. 19) with members of the Wooster Group, takes the needle off “Negro Folklore From Texas State Prisons,” a 1965 compilation of music performed by inmates. Ben Brantley wrote, “This is music that feels viral not in the technological sense of current usage, but in the sense of residing in the bloodstream.” ALEXIS SOLOSKI

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Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages, and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close.

After a hiatus to become a mother, Janet Jackson is back on tour and coming to Barclays Center. CreditFarrenton Grigsby


A Treat for Those Who Miss Her Much

Janet Jackson at Barclays Center

The last two years have asked patience of fans of Janet Jackson, who postponed and then canceled concerts starting in 2015, citing her desire to start a family. Now the singer, who became a mother in January, is back on the road with an arena tour drawing strong reviews. At this show, 8 p.m. on Wednesday, expect energetic choreography, confident vocals and a set emphasizing her politically pointed 1989 album, “Rhythm Nation 1814.”


More pop and rock concerts.

Chris Gethard, part of “Regular Comedy” at Villain. CreditSara Krulwich/The New York Times


Stand-Up by the Riverside

‘Regular Comedy’ at Villain

This New York Comedy Festival edition of the long-running weekly stand-up series — hosted by Will Miles, Kenny DeForest, and Clark Jones at 9:30 p.m. on Friday — moves from its regular location at the Knitting Factory to Villain, the waterfront Brooklyn venue. They have invited some of New York’s favorite comedians, including the lovably neurotic Chris Gethard as well as the disarming queen of deadpan, Aparna Nancherla, and many others.


See who else is making New Yorkers laugh this week.

Roswell Rudd, who will be honored at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. CreditJacob Blickenstaff for The New York Times


Major Props for a Horn Player

Roswell Rudd Birthday Celebration at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola

Mr. Rudd is a trombonist of bulbous tone and lively, free-ranging attack. He started in New York’s 1960s jazz avant-garde, but today tends toward a gentler beauty. His new album, “Embrace,” features the vocalist Fay Victor, the pianist Lafayette Harris and the bassist Ken Filiano. Mr. Rudd recently received a diagnosis of cancer and will not be at these shows, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. But the “Embrace” band will, along with the vocalist Sheila Jordan and other all-stars. GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

Find more jazz shows for the coming week.

Robyn Kerr, left, is a farmer’s wife introduced to the power of writing by Devin E. Haqq in “Knives in Hens.”CreditEmon Hassan for The New York Times


Revealing the Worlds Within Words

‘Knives in Hens’ at 59E59 Theaters

David Harrower’s play (closing on Nov. 12) about a woman, a farmer, a miller and the worlds that unfurl when language is learned speaks its last sentence. This 1995 play, written long before Mr. Harrower’s “Blackbird,” had Ben Brantley thinking, “But where have you been all my life?” ALEXIS SOLOSKI

Read the full review.

Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages, and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close.

Benjamin Grosvenor is coming to the 92nd Street Y. See listing below.CreditAmy T. Zielinski/Redferns, via Getty Images


Standing Tall Among Giants

Benjamin Grosvenor at the 92nd Street Y

Other young pianists may garner more headlines, but Benjamin Grosvenor may well be the most cultivated member of a generation overflowing with talent. This program, which takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, is characteristically thoughtful: Bach’s French Suite No. 5; Brahms’s Op. 119 pieces, interspersed with Brett Dean’s “Hommage à Brahms”; an arrangement of Debussy’s “Prelude à l’Après-Midi d’Un Faune”; Berg’s Piano Sonata; and, as if all that were not challenge enough, Ravel’s “Gaspard de la Nuit.” DAVID ALLEN

See a list of mini-reviews for more current productions.

An image from “12th and Clairmount,” screening at DOC NYC. Credit


Slices of Life and History From Multiple Perspectives

DOC NYC at various locations

The weeklong DOC NYC, through Nov. 16, offers any kind of documentary you might imagine. A mystery? In “Wormwood” (Friday), Errol Morris finds a riveting subject in Eric Olson, a psychologist who has spent his life figuring out what happened to his father, who died in 1953 under suspicious circumstances. In Barbara Kopple’s “A Murder in Mansfield” (Sunday), a man — who as a child testified against his father in the murder of his mother — seeks closure. Other highlights: “EuroTrump” (Friday), a portrait of the far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, and “12th and Clairmount” (Thursday), which constructs an account of the 1967 Detroit uprising from archival footage and audio testimony. BEN KENIGSBERG

See a guide to film series and screenings in New York.

Company XIV’s “Nutcracker Rouge” puts a risqué spin on a holiday classic. CreditMark Shelby Perry


Sugarplum Burlesque

Company XIV at Théâtre XIV, Brooklyn

“Nutcracker Rouge” is what happens when a holiday tradition about a journey through a land of sweets gets a dose of spice and a shot of sexuality. Put the kids to bed, then indulge in this adults-only burlesque fairy tale featuring a mix of song, dance and circus with visual decadence and a coquettish vibe. This year, at various times through Jan. 14, the party transfers to Company XIV’s new, permanent home in Bushwick. BRIAN SCHAEFER

See what’s happening around the city’s dance scene.

And There’s More

What to cook this weekend and what to read this week.

Louis C.K. responded to the accusations: “These stories are true,” he said in a statement.

The comedian released a statement in response to five women who said they had upsetting experiences with him involving sexual misconduct.

5 Women Accuse Louis C.K. of Sexual Misconduct

  • After years of unsubstantiated rumors about Louis C.K. masturbating in front of associates, women are coming forward to describe what they experienced.
  • Even amid the current spate of sexual misconduct accusations against powerful men, the stories about Louis C.K. stand out because he has so few equals in comedy.

Baffling Events in Lebanon Are Fueling Anxiety in the Mideast

  • The case of the missing Lebanese prime minister, who flew to Saudi Arabia to announce his resignation, is threatening to become a flash point in the struggle for power in the Middle East.
  • As events in the region have unfolded over the past week, experts have scrambled to determine whether they are all connected.

Bannon Visits The Times: Key Takeaways

  • Mr. Bannon, the former Trump adviser and far-right firebrand, goes one-on-one with our political reporter.
  • Mr. Bannon said Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, “has to go,” and lashed out at the president’s portrayal in the media.

How Corporations and the Wealthy Avoid Taxes (and How to Stop Them)

The Paradise Papers confirm what we already know: Many are not paying their fair share. Here’s how they get away with it.

America’s Wildest Place Is Open for Business

If you’ve never heard of this spot, you’re not alone. But it deserves our attention, now more than ever.


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